This page has been created to communicate up-to-date information to patrons, students, performers, and staff who are part of the Philly Improv Theater community regarding the theater’s response during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as it impacts the greater Philadelphia region. PHIT continues to monitor the guidance from public health agencies and officials and will inform patrons who have purchased advance tickets of any changes to our performance schedule via email, as well as through updates to this page and posts on our social media accounts.

This page was last updated on March 13, 2020 at 4:00 p.m EST.

A Message From Philly Improv Theater Regarding Our Coronavirus Closure (3/13/2020)

Dear Philly Improv Theater Community,

At this time, we have made the decision to close our theater for all PHIT hosted events through the end of March. While current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the City of Philadelphia are not requiring us to shutter our business we have concluded that we have a responsibility to our community to play a proactive role in attempting to prevent the spread of the pandemic. When we think about the tens of thousands of people who pass through our doors each year it was an easy decision to close them in an effort to keep everyone safe.

Our classes for Session 2 2020, which were scheduled to start this coming Sunday through Saturday, are now rescheduled to start on April 5-11th, 2020. As we informed students yesterday, we have already begun exploring options for accessible distance learning in all of our courses and we intend to have completed testing of these systems by the end of the month. While we hope to hold classes in person, we will be prepared to offer our classes online should circumstances require or students desire. We also expect that our courses for the summer will be going online while we are on hiatus, and would love those of you who share our optimism and excitement to sign up early for your next comedy class.

We expect that some of you reading this message may already feel a sense of stir-craziness setting in. We do too. This weekend our staff are spending time examining ways that we can entertain and educate you while our physical building is closed. We expect to be trying a number of things we have never done before in the coming weeks and hope you’ll keep an eye out for emails, social media posts, etc. offering you some distraction from the present situation (and maybe even a laugh or two).

Stay safe, stay healthy – we’ll see you again in person soon!

Sincerely,

Greg Maughan
Founder & Executive Director

Performances

At this time, Philly Improv Theater has decided to close and cancel all PHIT hosted events through the end of March.

When the theater re-opens, we will be taking the following steps to ensure the safety of patrons attending performances (which we had also put in place prior to our decision to close):

  • Cleaning hard surfaces and frequently touched surfaces in our theater building before, during, and after performances.
  • Disinfecting our audience seating area in between each performance.
  • Reducing the number of tickets we are selling for each performance by half so patrons can spread out in the audience if they would like to leave space between themselves and other parties attending a show.
  • Asking Patrons to arrive early and make use of our lobby restrooms to wash their hands before entering the theater.
  • Relaxing our refund and exchange policy for tickets. If you are not feeling well or caring for someone who is not feeling well, please stay home. You can email contact@phillyimprovtheater.com or call PHIT’s box office (267-233-1556, Option 1) and let us know the name you purchased tickets under and the date/time of the performance. If you would like to exchange your tickets, let us know the date/time you would like to exchange into – otherwise we will issue a refund for your tickets.

PHIT will continues to monitor the guidance from public health agencies and officials regarding the timing of our re-opening and may delay the resumption of shows beyond our currently planned date above. We will continue to inform patrons who have purchased advance tickets of any changes to our performance schedule via email, as well as through updates to this page and posts on our social media accounts.

Classes

At this time, Philly Improv Theater’s Training Center has chosen to delay the start of our classes for Session 2 2020.

Classes which were scheduled to start Sunday, March 15th through Saturday, March 21st are now rescheduled to start on April 5-11th, 2020. As we informed students yesterday, we have already begun exploring options for accessible distance learning in all of our courses and we intend to have completed testing of these systems by the end of the month. While we hope to hold classes in person, we will be prepared to offer our classes online should circumstances require or students desire.

We also expect that our courses for the summer will be going online while we are on hiatus, and would love those of you who share our optimism and excitement to sign up early for your next comedy class.

When on-site classes resume, we will be taking the following steps to ensure the safety of students attending classes (which we had already put in place prior to our decision to close operations):

  • Cleaning hard surfaces and frequently touched surfaces in our building before, during, and after classes.
  • Disinfecting our classrooms daily.
  • Asking Training Center students to arrive early and make use of our lobby restrooms to wash their hands before entering the classroom.
  • Relaxing our attendance policy for students. Make-up classes during Session 2 count as attended classes. In addition, students who miss more than 2 classes may be allowed to pass into the next level of class with permission of their instructor (if the instructor certifies that a student has learned the skills taught in the class despite additional absences). If you are not feeling well or caring for someone who is not feeling well, please stay home. You can email classes@phillyimprovtheater.com or call PHIT’s training center (267-233-1556, Option 2) and let us know if you will not be attending a given class.

PHIT continues to monitor the guidance from public health agencies and officials regarding the timing of our re-opening and may delay the resumption of classes beyond our currently planned date above. We will continue to inform students who are enrolling in current classes or future classes of any changes to our class schedule via email, as well as through updates to this page and posts on our social media accounts.

Rentals

At this time Philly Improv Theater is working with renters to honor our rental commitments as scheduled while ensuring public health and safety.

Organizations who have rented space are encouraged to contact rentals@phillyimprovtheater.com and let us know if you would still like to meet. We are prepared to accommodate groups who desire to continue meeting with limited staff, and will provide cleaning of your rental space before and after your rental time to ensure the safety of your group.

PHIT continues to monitor the guidance from public health agencies and officials and regarding our ability to remain open for renters and will inform affected rentals about any changes to our via email, as well as through updates to this page and posts on our social media accounts.

Rehearsals, Trainings, Meetings, etc.

At this time, Philly Improv Theater has canceled all PHIT hosted rehearsals, trainings, meetings, etc. at our theater space.

You should check with your director, or the member of staff responsible for a training or meeting to determine if alternate arrangements have been made for virtual rehearsal, training or meeting.

PHIT continues to monitor the guidance from public health agencies and officials and regarding the timing of our re-opening to rehearsals, training, meetings, etc. and will inform affected performers, volunteers, and staff who are involved in any of these activities about any changes to our via email, as well as through updates to this page and posts on our social media accounts.

Lastly, A Little Levity (If You Would Like It)…

Fans of the theater will perhaps be familiar with the very talented and funny Woody Fu, who has visited our stage several times over the years.

Woody is feeling anxious, because he has family who are under quartine (really) and decided to deal with his feelings the way he always does, with a joke. We’re sharing the result for those who are willing to enjoy what he also admits is a highly inappropriate response to the current situation… in song!